Thursday, November 27, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Hangers want to take care of unfinishedf business 1 50 CENTS San Antonio Spurs fail to the Washington Wizards 9894 at home Wednesday New Braunfels Her a IdZf 24 pages in three sections Thursday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Y iVA 6 arUCKS Vol 146 No 10 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Brauiifels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lindsey Bracks Judy Schmidt Rosa Linda De La Cerda Donna Lehr Amesty Angclique Saenz 3 Joshua Reininger Mrs Raymond Abel and Julisa Tris tan To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available PoBen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 322 cubic feet per sec ond same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge 244 cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Tuesday and no well water P Be thankful its not freezing Thanksgiving Cloudy with occasional drizzle or light rain High in the mid 70s Southeast wind near 15 mph Chances of measurable rain less than 20 percent Tonight cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or Thun derstorms Low near 60 Friday Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of morning showers or thunder storms Partly cloudy breezy and mild afternoon High near 70 Homespun shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was Home spun This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to today and hand out information In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehi cle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight Cheer Fund will help areas needy The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is accepting dona tions for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund Every penny of donations goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy Donations will be accepted at the Herald Zeitung office on 707 Landa Street during regular business hours Checks can also be mailed to the HeraldZeitung Please make checks payable to the HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund Arrangements for pick up of donated items can be made by contacting circula tion director Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 HeraldZeitung offices closed today The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung offices will be closed today for Thanksgiving We will resume normal business hours Friday Arnolds say thanks for caring community Family gives thanks despite house fire By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Even though they lost their home to a devastating fire the Arnold family says they have a lot to be thankful for as they celebrate Thanksgiving today The Arnolds Tina Robert Nate Travis and Hannah will eat Thanksgiving dinner at a relatives ranch in George West But two months ago the Arnolds lives were turned upside down when their home on Encino Drive burned in a fire on Sept 9 New Braunfels Fire Department officials said lightning struck an outside utility panel near the garage sending an electrical surge to an inside utility panel The blaze destroyed the garage kitchen attic and living room The Arnolds saved all they could such as paperwork and baby pictures Support from family and friends had been vital in getting their lives together Tina said It was friends and neighbors who gave us the support needed through the first couple of she Our church family gave us food for two straight weeks This Thanksgiving we feel we have so much to be thank ful The Arnolds attend Mercy House HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder The Arnold family Hannah Travis Robert Tina and Hunter dog stand outside the new home they are constructing on Encino Drive They hope to move into the new house next spring Ministries in New Braunfels Tina is a teacher at New Braunfels Christian Academy Some of her former stu dents helped clean the site of their former home The family is staying temporarily in a house they are renting on Timber Drive until they complete their new home on Encino Drive They also bor rowed furniture from friends and fam ily members We just started this Tina said referring to construction on the new home We are hoping it will be done in four to six At first the effects of the fire dev astated her family Tina said Well it has been she said You feel aimless Everything is in The fire took an emotional toll on Travis 12 and Nate 15 They were Tina said It pretty traumatic for But Tina said her sons friends helped them overcome the initial shock of losing their home It was kind of neat They had a lot of friends who came over and com forted she said Hannah 18 was not at home at the time of the fire because she had start ed college at Texas University in College Station Robert said the ordeal reminded him of a Jimmy Stewart movie I almost feel like Jimmy Stewart in Its a Wonderful he said You feel like you are all alone in a crisis but you realize you are not alone Everything will come out New Braunfels lights up downtown Friday From staff reports Saint Nick and his elves will be in town Friday for the New Braunfels Downtown Associ ations annual Christmas Tree Lighting Every tree on the Main Plaza will come alive with lights to usher in the Christmas holiday season The festivities begin with a parade featuring Santa Claus and his elves in a fire truck at The parade will begin at the main fire station on Hill Street and then turn right onto W San Antonio Street before ending at the plaza New Braunfels Police Lt John Wommack said Hill and San Antonio Streets would be closed during the time the parade was taking place which means there would be parking available The Main Plaza will be closed to traffic beginning at Pete Stocking president elect of the Downtown Asso ciation said the trees would be lit after the parade at about 6 The Hospice tree atop the New Braunfels Utilities building would be lighted at the same time Tree lighting A festiveparade steps off in downtown prrrfrC The plaza will be closed tQ traffic at The trees will be lit at 6 Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager will be mas ter of ceremonies Mayor Jan Kennady will be on hand to flip the switch for the lights There will be entertain Light up Hospices tree Light up a life this holiday season with a gift to the Hos pice New Braunfels Tree of Lights The annual campaign starts Friday night during the citywide tree lighting cele bration on Main Plaza Throughout the season donations in memory or hon or of a loved one or event will be symbolized by lights on the Hospice Tree on top of the New Braunfels Utilities building A tree in the lobby of Norwest Bank at 1000 N Walnut will bear a white dove for every person hon ored during the Hospice Tree of Lights campaign Travelers along North Walnut Avenue also will be made aware of the progress of the annual fhndraising campaign thanks to a wood en For information about Tree of Lights or Hospice New Braunfels in general call 6257500 or 6061717 ment from the Comal County Community Band the Hill Country Chorus and the Hap py Stocking said Santa Claus will hang around a while for people to take pic tures with children Fruit snacks will be given compliments of the Comal Independent Mens Association wing CISD to get land donation BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Comal Independent School District is getting a land donation reportedly worth approximately from a county resident An undisclosed number of acres that border Bill Brown Elementary School 20410 Texas 46 in Bulverde are slated to be given to the school as a gift from Ronald Romero of New Braunfels Before the area is turned over to school authorities the parcel of land must undergo rezoning before Comal County Commissioners Court accord ing to Romero We feel very fortunate said Romero president of PSH Profes sional Services a medical mal practice agency and developer of small medical buildings at 32335 Hwy 281 N for about three years The whole community has been very Romero said the donation had noth ing to do with the outcome of the recent CISD bond election rather he just wanted to give something back to a community that has been so gen erous to him We have our largest client in the said Romero PSH Professional Services worked closely with McKenna hospital he said and hoped to attract more doctors to the Comal County area When contacted at home Wednes day afternoon CISD superintendent Jerry Major said he was unaware of the donation but had been in contact with PSH Professional Services offi cials A softball and soccer field already have been planned for development said Romero but a budget must be determined by CISD officials before development begins A million CISD bond election was voted down by Comal County residents Nov 8 The outcome left school officials teachers parents and students wondering about the future of already crowded classrooms halls and gyms in CISD schools This hopefully will help a said Romero Romero a native of Santa Fe has lived in Comal County for about 12 years and previously worked as a stockbroker he said Navarro ISD superintendent taking leave From staff reports Navarro Independent School Dis trict trustees appointed middle school principal Mike Peveto as interim superintendent Tuesday Peveto will fill in for superinten dent Harold Besson 56 who has a brain tumor He Besson learned last Friday he had a tumor at the base of his district spokeswoman Lillian Cargil said He will be undergoing surgery Tuesday It is in the area that affects his balance and Cargil said doctors told Besson the tumor was in the area of the brain that should make its easy to remove Besson was expected to be out dur ing December and back at work by Jan 3 Cargil said While interim superintendent Peve to will continue his duties as middle school principal Little Indians HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder Students at Cross Lutheran School in New Braunfels don their Pilgrim and Indian costumes for a Thanksgiving luncheon they shared with family and friends Tuesday On your Friday known as busiest shopping day BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Shoppers should be making mad dashes for local stores Friday recognized nationally as the busiest shopping day of the year This year American con sumers are expected to spend an perage on holiday related items according to the International Mass Retail Association And a good num ber of those purchases will be made the day after Thanks giving as shoppers get a jump start on their shopping and try to bum off calories from big holiday meals Local merchants are brac ing themselves for a big turnout Were expecting to do about a said Shanett Lee assistant manag er at Casual Corner Outlet which specializes in womens apparel Casual Corner is in the New Braunfels Marketplace for merly New Braunfels Factory Stores Lee said an average Friday income at Casual Cor ner Outlet ranges between and Were expecting a huge Lee said All our people are pumped up about doing a lot of business on Fri day she said Turn to Shop Page 2A We have plenty for which to be thankful Page 44